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Hunting Shadows (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) (Englisch)

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“Tricky plotting and rich atmospherics distinguish bestseller Todd’s 16th novel featuring Scotland Yard’s Insp. Ian Rutledge....Todd (the pen name of a mother-son writing team) has rarely been better.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“Another well-written, well-plotted entry in this always engaging mystery series. (Booklist on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“Another winner…Strong atmosphere and a complicated mystery make this book one that readers won’t be able to put down.” (Romantic Times 4 1/2 stars on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“As always, the North Carolina-based mother and son who write under the pseudonym Charles Todd do a beautiful job with the period detail, making these books a nostalgic outing to England between the world wars.” (Raleigh News & Observer)

“Readers who stick with the chase, though, should be enthralled, as Rutledge sorts through a fascinating portrait gallery of witnesses and suspects, most of whom aren’t telling him the whole truth.” (Wilmington News Journal)

“Of all the places where Inspector Ian Rutledge’s Scotland Yard assignments have taken him, the desolate Fen country must surely be the eeriest. [This is an] excellent historical series.” (New York Times Book Review on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“Elusive clues, suspense and excellent writing make for reading pleasure.” (Oklahoma City Oklahoman on HUNTING SHADOWS) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.


Inspector Ian Rutledge is summoned to the quiet, isolated Fen country to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders in this clever and atmospheric entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling mystery series

August 1920. A society wedding at Ely Cathedral becomes a crime scene when a guest is shot. After a fruitless search for clues, the local police call in Scotland Yard, but not before there is another shooting in a village close by. This second murder has a witness, but her description of the killer is so horrific it's unbelievable.

Inspector Ian Rutledge can find no connection between the two deaths. One victim was an Army officer, the other a solicitor standing for Parliament. Is there a link between these murders, or is it only in the mind of a clever killer? As the investigation presses on, Rutledge finds memories of the war beginning to surface. Struggling to contain the darkness that haunts him as he hunts for the missing link, he discovers the case turning in a most unexpected direction. Now he must put his trust in the devil to find the elusive and shocking answer.

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Excellent historical mystery set in the 1920's with a lot of twists and turns. A murder happened in Ely Cathedral, just north of Cambridge in Fen County. Why was he killed and where did the gun shot come from? After a second dispatch with a witness who spotted a monster in the window at the time.

The local police are baffled and so they call in Inspector Rutledge who has a knack for sorting through the red herrings and a good sense of history needed to solve the complex case. We follow the inspector as he extrapolates the meanings of the act.

Even though the Rutledge and a few associates came from previous books this story stands enough alone that it can be your first Inspector Rutledge story.
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HASH(0x9d145bb8) von 5 Sternen An outstanding five star reading experience for me. 8. Dezember 2013
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Now this is what I call an excellent addition to the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series. It was set up exactly the way I prefer my mysteries. The plot and the investigation took center stage without the distractions of trying to involve Rutledge in a romance and Hamish McLoed was present, but only minimally. If you prefer to read about Rutledge fighting the psychological battle of the presence of Hamish in his mind or if you want to read of romantic attachments for the main characters you might not be quite as pleased as I was.

Scotland Yard is called in when two murders take place within a two week period in the Fen country of England. The time is August and September of 1920, so almost every incident which takes place has some relation to the recently ended war. In this case a rifle is being used to kill men who seem to have absolutely no connection with each other. There is a new Acting Chief superintendent at Scotland Yard and he is impatient with the slow progress Rutledge is making in the two cases, but he also doesn't take into consideration how tangled the relationships are between all the concerned parties and how deeply the secrets are buried. Rutledge solves the problem of how to deal with his boss by simply staying away from London.

The writing in this novel is absolutely first class. Reading the description of the fog Rutledge runs into on his journey from London was so realistic it almost made me claustrophobic myself! Especially when I looked out my own windows and saw everything coated with ice and nothing moving about except the freezing rain. Talk about the right weekend to read this book! I thought I had figured out who the killer was after reading about a lot of investigating by Rutledge and I wasn't even disappointed when I found out I had been following the red herring the authors set for me to follow. For me this was the best Charles Todd novel I've read in quite some time and it was a pure pleasure to read it. The atmosphere is outstanding, the plotting is outstanding, and the investigative process used by Rutledge is outstanding. A five star reading experience. If you are new to this series, you can begin here and completely understand everything that is important to the series. If you like period mysteries, I think this writing team one of the best.
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HASH(0x9cf5ac6c) von 5 Sternen No character development 26. Januar 2014
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I've read every single Charles Todd book to date and what started off as a promising series has fizzled into just an adequate one.

Hunting Shadows is better than some of the other recent Ian Rutledge books in terms of the actual mystery, but what is sorely missing in this series is an evolution of Rutledge's character. When we are first introduced to Rutledge, he is an emotionally wrecked survivor of the first World War. In the early books, the authors vividly portray his anguish and the events leading up to its causation. They also give us hope that Rutledge will find a new love interest and insight into his relationship with his sister. But in later books, Rutledge is turned into something of an automaton who traverses the English countryside and interrogates witnesses and suspects. He never moves forward on any personal level, except perhaps for a lessening of the role that Hamish plays in his life. A completely mesmerizing character has turned into one who is dry and lifeless.

I still have hope for the series because the authors write beautifully. If only they could find a way to bring some sparkle back into their main character.
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HASH(0x9d143444) von 5 Sternen A Spectacularly Twisted Tale in the Fen Country 8. Januar 2014
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It's August of 1920, in the Fen country of England. World War I is barely over, and the soldiers who survived will never be over it. As wedding guests gather outside a cathedral, an unseen gunman picks off a wedding guest with a rifle and a German sighting device that only a soldier would use. The following month, a local aspiring parliament candidate is killed, again with a single rifle shot by an unseen assailant.

Scotland Yard is called, and Ian Rutledge is on the case. He takes to his motorcar, as much to avoid a new impatient superintendent as to get to the root of things, and sets out on a quest to find out how the victims are related, and who the culprit could be.

Poor Ian Rutledge. He's a brilliant Scotland Yard detective yet he's haunted by his past, is shell-shocked (which is seen as a shameful affliction), has the talking ghost of deceased soldier Hamish MacLeod always in his head, is loathed by most everyone in the department, has no love life, and is apparently the person to whom everyone tells lies.

Yet he perseveres.

He's nothing, if not stubborn. Rutledge perseveres and unravels a tale so complex that you might need to make a chart of the characters to keep them straight. Yet Todd takes all those threads and storylines and subplots and weaves them and weaves them until the mysteries (because there are many) are solved.

This is the 16th of the Todd's Ian Rutledge series. But fear not. You don't need to read all the previous ones to understand the characters or what is going on. You can jump in at book 16 and, if you become addicted as I have, you can go back and read the previous works, in no particular order.

That being said, here is my top ten list of the things that are great about Ian Rutledge and "Hunting Shadows":

10. It's a great historical mystery. Set in another time and place, the book captures the era and the surrounds beautifully, from cranking up the car to fog so thick you could walk into a windmill and be knocked senseless. Rutledge relies on early investigative techniques... like searching the damp grass for footprints to determine when the suspect was there.

9. After you listen to Hamish, the voice that follows Rutledge everywhere, you will finally be able to translate some Scottish brogue and possibly decipher the Dorothy Sayers novel that thwarted me years ago. (Don't list it as one of your languages on FaceBook, however.)

8. It's not easy taking tying so many storylines together and keeping so many families and characters straight. Charles Todd does it.

7. Oh what a tangled web... The murderer will probably surprise you. I was surprised, but it all made sense... in a tangled way.

6. If you like twisted back-story, the Fen country and its inhabitants will fascinate.

5. Who's who? How were the murder victims connected? Who bears grudges to them both? Why? Who is actually related to whom? What are the connections between these seemingly unconnected people? The connections and stories long-buried intrigue.

4. World War I. The war to end all wars. After the horrors of subsequent wars, we sometimes forget what a devastating war it was, and how those who fought in it and survived were forever damaged. It's a good lesson to remember and Charles Todd always reminds us well.

3. The Fen country. It's dark and foggy and wet and mysterious. Have you tumbled into Hobbit-land? Nope. It's a marshy region in Eastern England, drained centuries ago, which produced a lowland agricultural region... with a few resident ghosts and mysteries. The Hound of the Baskervilles doesn't actually live there, but his cousin might.

2. The characters. Ian Rutledge doesn't work and play well with others at the Yard, has only extinguished tragic love affairs, and is carrying around the ghost of a dead soldier. The people he meets along the way all seem tragically damaged, too, each in different ways. It's a cast of characters you wouldn't want to have over for dinner, but they're definitely an interesting bunch.

1. Charles Todd continues to evolve as a writer (or writers, since they're a mother and son team). They have written another compelling story - dark, tragic, filled with suspense, mystery and complex characters. If you are a fan of twisted backstories, you won't be disappointed.
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HASH(0x9d143480) von 5 Sternen Creepy and suspenseful, I couldn't put it down! 16. Januar 2014
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I always find myself being drawn into any Charles Todd book I begin to read. I prefer the Inspector Rutledge mysteries over the Bess Crawford series, but I enjoy them both. I love the suspense that builds and builds, and I just have to find out how it ends. I also appreciate that while there are deep, dark topics in these books, there is no explicit sex or gore.

In this installment, there is a sniper shooting people in remote villages. Scotland Yard is dispatched because the local police are getting nowhere. Rutledge is placed in charge of this case and it is his job to figure out how the two murdered men are connected, if they are at all, and of course the secrets the village people are hiding from him. He is afraid there will be a 3rd murder before he can learn enough to prevent it.

The spookiness in this book is enhanced greatly by the isolation of the villages and by the dense fog in much of the book. Strangers who get caught in the fog may not make it out alive. He spends most of his time away from London in this novel, and the interviews with retired soldiers make it harder and harder for him to conceal his shell-shock.

These novels do a great job portraying shell-shock, and the loneliness and isolation that these survivors of war must feel. I always end up feeling so depressed for Rutledge as I read them. One thing I do appreciate about this novel in the series, is that even though things look very dark for Rutledge, he does meet some people in this novel who turn out to be kind and friendly to him. There is a grim but satisfying conclusion.

It was difficult for me to put this novel down. I enjoyed it and plan to read the next in the series.
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HASH(0x9cf5a558) von 5 Sternen Another Best Selling Mystery, Set in 1920 Fens Marshland 23. Januar 2014
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4 of 5 stars –
(I really appreciate that I received a copy of this as a Goodreads first-read – so thanks.)

I had not read Charles Todd before, but I can see why he’s a best seller. He’s got another one here. What an intriguing historical mystery this was, set in the 1920 Fens marshland of eastern England.

I enjoyed the novel placing the reader in-the-know, if you will, at the beginning, as an eye-witness to the murderer’s actions, putting you a step ahead of the inspector - cheering him on to pick up the right clues and avoid the dead ends. But you don’t know who it is that is doing the killing nor necessarily the motivation, so as a good mystery you’re trying to put these pieces of the puzzle together along with Rutledge.

The story progresses at a good methodical pace, exploring all sorts of details and possibilities. And along the way it introduces a number of interesting, well-developed characters. To me the people and details all seemed credible and multi-layered. In addition, Todd’s descriptions of the countryside, roads, buildings and people all helped me picture the setting and made me feel like I indeed was in 1920 England travelling in the motorcar right alongside Inspector Rutledge.
I particularly liked, as part of the characterization, how the author incorporates some of the issues following WWI, especially how “shell shock” is handled and misunderstood at the time.

In the end, I thought it was a very exciting, believable and satisfying solution to the mystery.
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